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    Arrow Tascam 388 - tape loading diagram

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    Arrow Tascam 38 - tape loading diagram

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    Behind? Nooo..... Below.

    The tape should go 'south' of the tension wheels (thats the small weels far to the right and left that moves). It should go between the capstan and the pinchroller. The capstan is the small steel pin, and the pinchroller is the rubberwheel that pinches the tape to the capstan when running. It should go north over the two remaining wheels (otherwise the tension wheels has nothing to "tense" against. )

    It should also go south of the head stack.

    After loading, make sure to pull up any slack in the tape. The tape should lie directly against the heads, and the tenstion wheels should be pulled up by the tape.

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    heres a closer view
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    Yes, you are making it too complicated.

    Threading tape does not involve any actual threading.

    The tape goes below ALL of the head assembly. Everything of it.

    And also, you haven't gotten the tape between the capstan and the pinch, and that means that there is nothing to pull the tape forward.
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    i got it! thanks for all the help

    i know you all probably think i'm stupid now...

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    Nah. But now we come to the complicated part: Doing it all backwards! (Yes, really, but maybe we'll take that later).
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    you need to load it backwards for when the tape ends right?

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    Yes, and for doing 'Tail Out' winding, which is recommended.

    You put the empty take up reel on the left hub, and the full wheel on the right slot, thread it backwards, and then REWIND the tape to the beginning!

    Then you start recording. When you are done, you then rewind the tape to the beginning again, and instead of fast-forwarding the tape onto the original weel, you PLAY through the whole of the tape to the end.

    That way you get the tape nicely and evenly wound for storage. Also, any print through comes after the original, and that way gets masked. Although that's a minor problem.
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    Arrow DUDE, WAIT, THAT's ALL WRONG!

    Regebro, excuse me, but shut up for a moment!

    Your tape should go UNDER the tape-guides/tape-head-stack assembly, and BETWEEN the capstan & pinchweel.

    You have it threaded ABOVE the tape guides, and THROUGH the headstack assembly, and then ABOVE the capstan. THAT's CLEARLY WRONG.

    Work on it some more, & I'll follow up with a webcam pic of my own, asap.

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